Air France-KLM orders Airbus A220

Air France Airbus A220-300
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The Air France-KLM Group has signed a commitment to order sixty A220-300 aircraft, which will join Air France’s fleet. Furthermore, the deal includes purchase options for an additional 30 Airbus A220 jets and acquisition rights for a further 30 A220s.

Deliveries are expected to start in September 2021. Air France plans to deploy the A220 on its short- and medium-haul routes. The aircraft will gradually replace the airline’s current Airbus A318 and A319 fleet. According to the French flag-carrier, the former Bombardier CS300 aircraft will reduce the cost per seat by more than 10% compared to the aircraft it will replace.

We are very pleased to work with Airbus to add the A220-300 to our fleet, an aircraft that demonstrates optimum environmental, operational, and economic efficiency. […] This is a very important next step in Air France’s transformation, and this evolution in Air France’s fleet underlines the Group’s determination to attain European airline leadership.” Benjamin Smith, CEO of the Air France-KLM Group

Air France currently operates a fleet Airbus A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft on short- and medium-haul services. Additionally, regional flights are operated by Air France HOP.